2016 Update: Check out our latest discussion on 6 Things to Have on Hand When You’re Sick at Work
When we saw the headline about this — a firmwide memo smacking down an employee who dared to come to work with flu-like symptoms — we were a bit amused. (When we read the memo, we were a bit disgusted — whoever had flu-like symptoms knew he or she would be working in a closed conference room with several others, including a pregnant woman — and we have to agree that it was just as “self-absorbed” as the managing partner said it was.) But it seems to raise an interesting question: when you’re forced to work while you’re sick, how do you power through? (Pictured: Sam the Owl Tissue Box Cozy, $15 from Etsy seller tinsil)
Fun story: for this post we actually spent a bit of time trying to find authoritative information for you guys on when a cold is contagious — we seem to remember it having something to do with the color of your snot (clear = allergies or cold, yellow or green = contagious) and your temperature (over 100 is bad). We couldn’t actually find any quick and easy source, but really — these days, we’re all just going to come down on the same side, aren’t we? If you’re sick, work from home.
In any event — even if you’re home in your pajamas, you may not have the luxury of lounging about in bed and watching “Real Housewives” reruns. You may actually have to work. If you do, here are some tips…